AZ Gov. Bans Critical Race Theory Training In Public Institutions & Schools, Private Exempted
On Friday Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in schools and in state and local governments.
The governor signed House Bill 2906, which prohibits government entities from requiring employees to undergo training that would suggest that they are “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” according to a statement.
Public schools fall under the umbrella of institutions prohibited from engaging in the racist practice, with private schools still allowed to partake.
“When I took office, I vowed to use taxpayer dollars responsibly, and funding training on political commentary is not responsible spending,” Governor Ducey said. “I am not going to waste public dollars on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech. House Bill 2906 goes a long way towards protecting Arizonans against divisive and regressive lessons.”
The Arizona Senate voted on May 27th to ban certain types of anti-racism training for government employees.
Critical race theory as a definable term often carries vague meaning to many, if at all, but can loosely be defined as a collection of racist theory, largely stemming from cultural Marxist ideas in academia the seek to pit people against each other based on skin color rather than economic class. Teachings invoking the ideology routinely preach that skin color is ultimately tied to identity, ranking people as ‘oppressed and the ‘oppressors’.
Breaking the law would result in a $5,000 fine.
“We should be focused on bringing people together, not pushing people apart,” Representative Michelle Udall said, a Republican. “Critical race theory will do nothing but increase divisiveness in our communities, which I think we can all agree we should try to prevent.“
Sen. Martín Quezada, a Glendale Democrat, decried the legislation back in May, saying it takes Arizona backward at a time when people should be seeking a better understanding of people of different races.
“These are uncomfortable conversations,” Quezada said. “They aren’t supposed to make you feel good. That’s the point of these conversations.”
The influence of critical race theory has grown largely nationwide, with recently leaked documents from Iowa’s largest school system showing mandatory training that suggested ‘Make America Great Again’ is a form of “white supremacy.”